Dade City hospital readies $3M surgical expansion

With a new owner and a new name, change has been a constant for Bayfront Health Dade City.

But while some may say too much change is bad, Shauna McKinnon knows that what the Dade City hospital has experienced in recent months will only make it better. And that includes planned major changes coming up this winter.

Change has been the order of business at Bayfront Health Dade City over the past year, but hospital chief executive Shauna McKinnon feels the community has embraced all those changes as positive, including the recent announcement to expand surgical services.  (Courtesy of Bayfront Health Dade City)
Change has been the order of business at Bayfront Health Dade City over the past year, but hospital chief executive Shauna McKinnon feels the community has embraced all those changes as positive, including the recent announcement to expand surgical services.
(Courtesy of Bayfront Health Dade City)

McKinnon, who has led the hospital as its chief executive since January 2013, has been making stops around the community sharing news of a $3 million expansion planned to start later this year that will expand the five existing operating rooms, and make some much-needed updates to the pre-operation area and recovery rooms as well.

“We have five rooms there right now, but they are quite small,” McKinnon said. “Everything in the medical field evolves over time, and it creates more of a demand for space. We’re simply responding to that demand.”

The renovation and expansion could take close to a year to complete, but McKinnon is not anticipating any interruptions in service. Enough space will still be made available during construction to keep surgeries going, and the hope is that seeing contractors will build excitement instead of creating any inconvenience at the 13100 Fort King Road facility.

Renovating the surgical areas was next on McKinnon’s list once a $3.5 million expansion of the hospital’s emergency room was completed in 2012. McKinnon, however, didn’t lay out the plans with her parent company until after Community Health Systems Inc. completed its $7.6 billion buyout of previous hospital owner Health Management Associates last year.

“When I talked to them about it, they agreed that we need to be able to respond to the needs of our community and our patients,” McKinnon said. “We had a huge expansion of our ER a couple years ago, and the OR was the next obvious step.”

For McKinnon, it’s hard to believe sometimes how much has happened to the 120-bed hospital in just the past year, with the new name, new owners and expansion. But one thing she’s been proud of is how the community has embraced those changes, especially putting “Dade City” back in the hospital’s name for the first time since the 1990s.

“One of the benefits that we have in going through a rebranding is to be able to retain the name which the hospital has been recognized for in the community,” McKinnon said. “Lending ourselves to the Bayfront name in brand recognition has been wonderful. And to be able to retain the name Dade City was very welcomed by our community.”

Upgrades to the surgical units won’t finish McKinnon’s wish list for future improvements. There is still a lot more she’s looking to do to help Bayfront Health Dade City keep up with the ever-changing medical environment.

“We already have a lot of ongoing projects, like the redesign of our patient rooms, and the redesign of our orthopedic joint center,” she said. “We need to be prepared for more growth and how we’re going to respond to that. And because we care about our patients and the community, we’re prepared.”

Published July 23, 2014

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Nothing expected to change at Pasco Regional after takeover

Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City is now under new ownership after a $7.6 billion buyout of its parent company.

Health Management Associates Inc., the Largo-based company that owns Pasco Regional and 22 other hospitals in Florida, was sold to Community Health Systems Inc., in a deal announced July 30.

For the first time in 13 years, Pasco Regional Medical Center — soon to become Bayfront Health Dade City — has a new owner. But the deal is not expected to finalize until the end of the year.
For the first time in 13 years, Pasco Regional Medical Center — soon to become Bayfront Health Dade City — has a new owner. But the deal is not expected to finalize until the end of the year. (Photo by Michael Hinman)

Once completed, Community Health Systems will own 25 hospitals in Florida, and 206 nationwide. Before the takeover, Nashville, Tenn.-based Community Health had just two hospitals in Florida, with the closest in Lake Wales.

“We are pleased that this combination will create an even stronger organization for the benefit of our patients, physicians, associates and the communities we serve,” said William J. Schoen, chairman of the board for Health Management, in a release.

The purchase will likely not affect the upcoming name change for the local hospital, which will become Bayfront Health Dade City, according to a Community Health Systems spokeswoman. Tomi Galin referred questions to Health Management spokesman Eric Waller, but added that the acquisition won’t be completed for “several months.”

Waller released a statement about the acquisition that didn’t address any previously announced name changes for the hospital. Instead, he made it clear that no immediate changes were planned for the Dade City hospital in light of the purchase.

“The combination of Health Management and CHS is not expected to impact local hospital operations,” he said. “Our deep commitment to providing the highest quality patient care will not change.”

Pasco Regional announced the name change early last month, before the deal to purchase the hospital chain was finalized.

The Dade City hospital has been through several name changes over the years. It was originally founded in 1973 as Community General Hospital, but was renamed Humana Hospital-Pasco in 1982, according to the facility’s website. In 1993, after the Columbia network of hospitals purchased it, the name was changed to Dade City Hospital.

Five years later, the name was changed again to Pasco Community Hospital, and then was renamed Pasco Regional Medical Center not long after Health Management purchased the hospital in 2000 for $17 million.

The 120-bed acute care hospital is at 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City.